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Legislators Approve Annual WCC Budget With No Tuition Increase

The budget for Westchester Community College was approved on Aug. 10, with no increase in tuition.
The budget for Westchester Community College was approved on Aug. 10, with no increase in tuition. Photo Credit: Westchester Community College Facebook

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved the annual budget for Westchester Community College (WCC) on Monday, Aug. 10.

The college’s total budget for fiscal year 2015/2016 is $166,669,694.

The college employs about 600 people. As the sponsor government for the college, Westchester County will contribute $29,329,234. The budget does not raise tuition which is projected at $4,280 for Westchester residents. There are approximately 13,000 full- and part-time college credit students at WCC. Total enrollment including Continuing Education students is about 24,000.

The budget includes $3 million for four projects. Two projects which are planned for the coming year are upgrades to the parking lots at the Valhalla campus and investments in Information and education technology. The other two projects are for multi-year “Planning Studies” regarding infrastructure needs. BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz lauded the spending plan, particularly the fact that it does not raise tuition.

“WCC is among the best community colleges in the United States. To have an institution of WCC’s quality in our community is a tremendous asset to Westchester County. In a county like Westchester where there is a significant differential in income level, Community Colleges are such an important part of making quality, secondary education accessible to everyone," Kaplowitz said.

“I applaud Dr. Belinda Miles, WCC’s President and her leadership team for not raising tuition for the coming year. WCC’s mission to make high quality education affordable creates opportunities for lower income students and contributes to Westchester County’s social and economic vitality.”

The 2015-2016 budget is the first for WCC’s new president, Belinda Miles. "We thank the Board of Legislators for partnering with the college to provide increased access for County residents seeking to obtain knowledge to move on to four-year colleges and universities, and to become gainfully employed in the local workforce. With this financial support, we are poised to lead a new era of growth, service, success and excellence,” said Miles.

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